National Young Judge
NATIONAL YOUNG JUDGES COMPETITION
Committee of Management approved Regulations 17/10/2011
1. The Judge must be on the Welsh Pony & Cob Society’s Judges’ Panel.
2. The Judge should have good communication skills with young people.
3. Show programs must state that the winner of the state competition has qualified at the State competition and is not necessarily a State resident. Winner can only compete at one state competition.
4. Competitors are to be 10 years & under 25 years of age at time of State competition.
5. Two groups of 4 ponies from the same Section and gender (not stallions) are to be judged by the competitors.
6. The UK Young Farmers calculator is to be used as a objective measure in conjunction with the subjective interviews.
7. Competitors are to write their placing prior to interview.
8. Interviews will be held in a private area- There is a maximum time allowed of ten minutes per competitor for their interview.
9. Competitors will individually attend an assessment where they will be interviewed on their placing and observations.
10. At the individual interview of competitors, another adult eg. impartial committee member, judge, steward etc to be present.
11. Competitors are not to discuss the competition until the conclusion of the event.
12. Score cards to be the same as the sample.
13. Master score sheets used are to be the same as the sample so that the stewards can keep tally of the points scored.
14. The Competition is open to members and non-members of the Society.
15. Panel Judges are ineligible to compete.
Sarah Ransom (2013 National Young Judge winner) and Wendy Trimble
National Young Judges Competition Procedures
The procedures listed will be followed in the final. The same format must be followed at State and Territory qualifying competitions.
1. All animals will be identified individually. The sequence of identification will be A, B, X, Y. This identification system must be used to meet the requirements of the YFC calculator rule.
2. The Senior Steward will inform the competitors of the procedures that will be adopted.
a) Judges and competitors will stand in the centre of the ring.
b) Ponies will walk on the circle.
c) The steward will then stop the ponies at an appropriate position in the ring and ask each handler to trot their pony on the circle.
d) Ponies will be lined up in the centre of the ring in alphabetical order with ample space between each pony to allow the judge and competitors to move freely amongst the animals.
e) The steward will then request each pony in turn to come forward, stand up and give an individual work out.
f) The individual work out will see the pony walk away from the steward for approximately 20 metres turn and trot back past the steward and around the ring.
g) The animals will be lined up again in alphabetical order for final assessment by the Senior Judge and the competitors.
h) The steward will allow a realistic time for the competitors to complete their score cards and notes.
i) After each ring of ponies is judged the competitors will hand a copy of their placings (not their notes) to the steward.
j) Each competitor in turn will in a private location attend an interview with the Senior Judge in the presence of another adult and outline their reasons for the order in which they placed the animals. The animals will be identified by the judge and the competitors by the identification letter allocated to the animal.
k) The purpose of the interview (maximum of ten minutes per competitor) is for the Senior Judge to assess their: